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Underwhelmed daily takes aim at local MP Sunak over Spring Budget

A regional daily that covers Rishi Sunak’s constituency has shared its disappointment at his Spring Budget announcement.

The Northern Echo has posed the question “Is that it?” on its front page after the Chancellor delivered his announcement on Wednesday.

HTFP reported last week how the Darlington-based Echo had urged Mr Sunak, MP for Richmond, North Yorkshire, to “get a grip” of the cost-of-living crisis.

In a comment piece accompanying its splash today, pictured below, the Echo described the statement was “underwhelming.”

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It said: “Conservatives may feel the Chancellor did a pretty fair job in trying to shield people from the worst of what is to come. But others may well think that Mr Sunak did not go far enough – he has left the average person to finance about two-thirds of the coming storm, and, most concerningly, he has left the poorest with very little to shelter beneath.

“They will not understand why Mr Sunak is about to raise taxes just so he can say he will cut them in 2024.

“The Spring Statement was generally underwhelming, largely because there was nothing new or original in it, but such is the magnitude of the cost-of-living crisis that is about to engulf us all, it may be that no government could have protected its people entirely.

“There are some tough times ahead, and the Government must do its utmost to look out for the poorest who escaped Mr Sunak’s attention yesterday.”